Thursday, November 10, 2005

Drumming my fingers impatiently...

Hello, gentle readers...

It's good to share with you again. I've been waiting. Do you ever have to wait for things? I think it's one of the more frustrating lessons we learn in life. But, does waiting mean you just sit and do nothing?

I knew of someone many years back who needed something from God. She would go into her closet (literally into her closet)...and wait. I remember asking her what was she doing about her needs. She said, "Waiting on God." She would literally just sit there, pray some, and wait. I never quite understood why, if she had a need, she didn't put some action to her prayers. Was her expectation that God would show up as a bolt of lightening in that closet and "poof" her need be met?

Prayer requires action. Waiting requires action. They are both verbs. If we are simply going to sit around and drum our fingers, twiddle our thumbs, and wait, we may never see the answer to our needs. If you need a job, are you looking for one? If you need financial stability, are you taking the steps necessary to reach that goal? Or are you just waiting and doing nothing, expecting God to just dump something in your lap?

Right now, we need jobs and we need finances. We are sending resumes, reading the papers, cold-contacting businesses in the Yellow Pages, sending emails and thank you cards to those who have given us an interview. And we are waiting on God.

Isaiah 40:31 says, "...those who hope in (wait on) the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."

If we are waiting, are we soaring? Are we running? Are we walking with strength? The Bible is very clear here that we are to be busy while we wait. That flies in the face of everything we've been taught in the church, doesn't it? We've been told that we are to wait patiently and that waiting implies inactivity while waiting on God to do something miraculous. I think this is incorrect.

God wants us to walk out our faith. Should we just sit here and wait for God to drop a job in our laps? No. We are to put feet to our faith. We are to be active in doing what God would have us to do while we wait. The thought that we are entitled to anything is incorrect. Anything we receive is because of God's grace. That includes the solution to our challenges and learning to wait.

So, my friends, I am here to tell you that God is never late. We may not like the timing. But He is never late. The challenges in our lives are there so that God can show His glory through our lives. And, we know that as this month goes on, our needs will be met.

Philippians 4:19 says, "And my God will meet all of your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus."

God will meet all of our needs according to His riches in glory in Jesus! We have no need to fret. Worry never added a day to anyone's life. But we do have an opportunity for God to show his wonder and might through our need.

Today, when you are thinking about that thing for which you are waiting on God, remember to act on it. Pray about it. Take action. Actively wait on God!

May God bless you richly this day and may you know the fullness of His presence in your life.

CLG-B

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

This was a great post. This was one lesson i needed to hear.
Thanks for your help!!

God bless you

Andy Ternay said...

Your experience of God as you understand Him is very similar to my experience of Goddess as I understand Her. Prayer is wonderful and essential to a spiritually healthy life. Meditation is wonderful and essential to a spiritually healthy life.

But action is required for anything to happen. I think it is pretty darn clear we are expected to act affirmatively. I hope your friend has a comfy chair in that closet, she may be waiting a while.

It sounds like you and your partner are facing some real challenges and if it does not offend you I will include you guys, um, gals rather, in my prayers.

I love the blog title!!

TheLesRev said...

Andy...
Thank you for your kind comments. My partner and I would be honored and humbled to be includedin your prayers. Thank you.

TheLesRev said...

Will...
Thank you for reading. John 3:16 states that God gave Jesus that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life. Jesus fulfilled the law and the prophets so that all may have access to the Throne of Grace.

If you are truly interested in understanding God's love and acceptance of His gay children, please take a moment to read the writings of Dr. Rembert Truluck at http://truluck.com which gives a scholarly response to your claims.

We are called to love, dear Brother, not to judge. Let's move forward in grace.

Your servant in Christ,
Cindi (The LesRev)

Bud Fields said...

Cindi:

Thanks for inviting me to your Blog. It's a good one. I have a lot to say about your entry, but I'm gonna wait a bit before writing, and pray about it. (Trust me, kiddo. That AIN'T gonna happen!)

Blessings tend to come in two basic varieties--well, okay three varieties.

The first are Blessings that God sends to us not because we are good, but because we are His. Unmerited favor. Those are really doozies.

The second are Blessings that God sends to us because of effective prayer, which means that our supplication is directly in line with His will. The conditional having been met, God is not merely empowered, but rather compelled to bestow His response in direct proportion to our faith.

The third type of Blessing is the amazing one to me. This is the Blessing unique unto each one of us, as a direct result of our on-going love relationship with God. We do not surprise Him, but we do impress Him. It is the extraordinary blessing, which flows from the very throneroom of Heaven, where Dad works. It is the blessing of abundance beyond measure. It is the supernatural bestowment of miraculous Blessing given by our Dad because He wants us to know that we are being fully, wholly, and completely HIS kid. There are directions in The Directions on how to understand, request, receive, and give away each of these Blessings.

Like it seems to have been for you, Dad will from time to time gently nudge you towards the center of His Will. Hey, what's a little wind to the Creator of the Universe?

Not much, when He knows He has the permission to live with a human heart.

Way ta go! And, way ta go, Dad.

In His Grip,

Bud

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Kathy said...

What a wonderful post! I'm going to pass it on to my husband. Best to both of you as you move forward in your journey. And bless you for answering God's call to work with those who are coming to the end of their journies in this life.

DEB said...

Hey Rev,as always bringing to us these very thought provoking words. I may not always see these when you post them,but it is obvious to me that I see them when it is in His time. Thanks for always being obedient to Him.